Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Mar 23rd, 2024 4:00PM

The alpine rating is moderate, the treeline rating is moderate, and the below treeline rating is low. Known problems include Persistent Slabs and Loose Wet.

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While avalanche hazard is improving with cooling temperatures, human-triggered persistent slab avalanches remain a concern in areas not capped by a thick surface crust.




Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches have been reported in the region.

If you are heading into the backcountry please consider posting your observations to the Mountain Information Network. We read every report!

Snowpack Summary

A dusting of snow overlies a melt-freeze crust that varies in thickness but is present at all elevations except on direct north aspects above 1900 m where the snow surface remained dry through the prolonged warming. Below the crust, the upper 30 cm of the snowpack remains moist.

60 to 170 cm down is a layer of facets overlying a crust. This layer was reactive to human triggering last weekend and it continues to be reactive in snow pit tests. It remains a concern on northerly aspects above 1800 m, where the layer is still possible to human-trigger.

Below the crust, the snowpack is well settled.

Weather Summary

Saturday night

Clear. 15 to 30 km/h northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -5 °C. Freezing level 700 m.


Sunny. <10 km/h variable ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -1 °C. Freezing level 1800 m.


Partly cloudy with a trace of snow. <20 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -2 °C. Freezing levels 1600 m.


A mix of sun and cloud with a trace of snow. <20 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -3 °C. Freezing levels 1500 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Keep in mind that human triggering potential persists as natural avalanching tapers off.
  • Use caution on large alpine slopes, especially around thin areas that may propagate to deeper instabilities.
  • Minimize exposure to sun-exposed slopes when the solar radiation is strong.


Persistent Slabs

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Concern remains for human-triggering the persistent weak layer on sheltered north aspects above 1800 m. If triggered, avalanches will be large and destructive. Avoid shallow snowpack areas where triggering is more likely.

Aspects: North, North East, North West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1.5 - 3.5

Loose Wet

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Small wet loose avalanches may be reactive to human triggering in steep sun affected terrain if solar input is strong and the snow surface becomes moist.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Mar 24th, 2024 4:00PM